The Victorian Government has advised EPA that it will begin to sunset the mandatory Environment and Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP) program from February 2013. The Regulations concerned were originally due to sunset on 31 December 2014.
This decision follows a review that finds that EREP could place unnecessary compliance burden on businesses due to duplication with current Commonwealth programs, including the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program and the carbon price.
Victorian EREP businesses can still continue to implement their EREP and proceed voluntarily with identifying and implementing efficiency improvements in their energy or water use, for example.
EPA will continue to make available information from the program that assisted businesses to make informed decisions about resource efficiency.